Virgin loses West Coast rail franchise
Last updated at 11:09, Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Virgin Rail has lost the franchise to run the West Coast Mainline running from Carlisle to London and Glasgow.
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Interesting that Virgin are planning to start to operate a domestic air service. I wonder how that will affect rail demands for those wishing to travel from London to Scotland. I hope it isn't detrimental to the intermediate places such as Carlisle, unless of course we do finally get air links to other parts of the country!....
Alan. Yes, Virgin has being at forefront of British train journeys but not the worlds leaders for cheaper speedy rail transportation. Virgins new venture into UK short-haul flights won't benefit some rail journeys. HM Government have just replayed into businessman Richard Branson. The cats got the cream with First Group now looking perhaps to a sour future. High-speed rail threats of not stopping at Carlisle's Citadel Station is still looming and not yet settled? Railways have been going downhill in the UK since the popularity of motorways, motor vehicles such as car, besides Beeching's axing many popular routes and the Mallard steam engine breaking a speed record under British Rail. Perhaps now with soon further under FirstGroup with sooner or later a operational regional Carlisle Lakes Airport which hopefully will be a new Cumbrian doorstep tapping into worldly tourist's visiting the north's finest country with all its renowned merits. FirstGroup being screwed up on two fronts? Even former war theatres don't like fighting battles this way... Is it not with calculus with so many transportation fronts that the Government and FirstGroup have got it all wrong in the limelight of Sir Richard Branson's new venture? Cards now it seems say snap! Pay up time soon? Rail Passenger pay's up....
I would firstly say that now in a double dip recession and the government needing to claw back money to boost the economy, then why back a train operating company with a 1.8 billion debt oustanding.This would seem at best foolish to further fund improvements to push us the taxpayer to bankroll the mistakes of people in their ivory towers who get it wrong yet again.Virgin has been at the forefront of an industry which is a very tough nut to crack with outdated systems in the infrastuctre. Let us not forget when this railway was built the capacity was not anticipated and said least the speeds now obtained.Of course still more investment is needed and to increase capacity for the next generations to come and all this being done mostly at weekends and bank holidays.Furthermore I seem to remember last time vrigin bidded for other franchises the word monopoly was mentioned and I would point out that first group have no less than four franchises.Come on and see sense before history repeats itself again!